The West Antarctic Ice Sheet has been melting faster than any other place on the continent, and scientists have finally discovered why: a mile-deep underground valley just beneath the surface.
Dr. Robert Bingham, a glaciologist and lead author of the study discussing the valley, discovered it whilst performing three months of field research with the British Antarctic Survey in 2010. The team utilized a radar system that could penetrate the ice, towed it behind a snowmobile, and drove it over a distance of 1,500 miles to gather their data. The Ferrigno Ice Stream, where the rift valley was found, hadn’t been visited since 1961.
No word on whether the valley shelters relict dinosaurs, the lost city of Thule or wandering Shoggoths…yet.
Read more at ScienceDaily.